Decisions Overdue on Contracting Out More State Services

In a process that is behind schedule, state government has found a few companies willing to take over work now performed by state employees who manage government websites and deliver mail to far-flung state offices. Decisions could come soon from Gov. Chris Gregoire’s administration on whether it would be more efficient to turn to the private sector for those services.

Also waiting is a decision with more expensive consequences — whether to turn over more state printing to private companies. The state expects go out to bid for those services in the first week of December